Zimbabwe Government Denies Carriers' Request To Regulate Messaging Apps

By 03:37 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 Comments

Several years ago before the adoption of smartphones exploded like the plague, carriers in the US used to create major bucks from text messaging plans and minutes while they gave data away in unlimited bundles for Blackberries to sip on, back when the demand for high-speed data was at a minimum.

US carriers noticed the change and gradually began focusing their revenue on data plans with unlimited calls and text messages. Unfortunately for other parts of the world that are starting to adopt smartphone utilize more and more as the network reliability improves, messaging services are able to easily replace outrageous calling and texting rates by simply using an app that transmits calls and messages via the internet.

Zimbabwe carriers are struggling with revenue since more and more users are flocking toward the cheaper alternatives of communicating via messaging apps along the likes of Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber. So in these desperate times of declining revenue, the carriers requested that the government regulates utilize of these apps in order for them to acquire the higher profits they once had.

Zimbabwe’s government assumed that “as a progressive government, which promotes access to technology, we were [opposed] to the concept of stifling these technologies or banning them.” Great economies are driven by innovation. So if these companies’ profits are suffering becautilize of these apps, they need to either restructure their own plans, or sell a better product.

Rather than admitting defeat, Minister Mandiwanzira recommended to the operators that they should seek the opportunity to assist young Zimbabweans to develop apps useful in local and international distribution to compete with other worldwide giants.

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